Small Press Festival 2011

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SPF is Pittsburgh’s SMALL PRESS FESTIVAL, and it’s back for a THIRD year!

Each year, our expo draws dozens of vendors and hundreds of visitors. This time, we’re teaming up with VIA Music & New Media Festival and PVC: Pittsburgh Vinyl Convention on Oct. 8th in East Liberty!

This one-day-only event will run from 10am to 5pm on the THIRD FLOOR of 162 Sheridan Ave, above the Family Dollar. Simultaneously, PVC will be taking place on the second floor! Check PVC out here:

Vendor registration for SPF costs only $25, and in return your press, book, magazine, or organization receives a table, two passes, and signage. You can register as late as Oct. 1st.

SPF is free and open to the public, as always! And just outside, VIA kicks off its East Liberty events at 3pm. WHAT A DAY!


***Note: This is the same weekend as an incredible comics expo in the Burgh: PIX! We’ll have info up asap about how to get from one to the other on Saturday.


Blogging Banned Books Week

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Held annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of intellectual freedom and draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States, including books commonly taught in secondary schools.

It’s Banned Books Week! Check out 10 Ways to Celebrate it on the NYTimes Learning Network. One of the ways is to blog about it, which I am doing now. A 2010 article featured the Lateiner family, who blog together about books. Take a minute to check out their awesome blog. I am impressed. Also check out these awesome comics from Six Chix. Very cool.

Meanwhile, the ALA is hosting a Virtual Read-Out, where people can read outloud from banned books all week. Check out the YouTube channel here.

“Genius Grant” Poet

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Photo by John Psaropoulos

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2011 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants,” announced yesterday. The poet in the bunch is A.E. Stallings. She is a 43-year-old American poet living in Athens, Greece with her husband, John Psaropoulos, editor of Athens News. There, Stallings is the director of the poetry program at the Athens Centre, and is also a translator as well as a poet.¬†She has published two books of original verse, Archaic Smile (1999) and Hapax (2006), and a verse translation of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things) (2007). You can read a short bio and three poems at Poetry Foundation.

Unofficial Announcement


Just a heads up that good things are afoot. I was planning on self-publishing a chapbook in the near future, but it looks like that won’t be necessary. Stay tuned for the official announcement regarding my chapbook, Prolonged Exposure. It’s a 40 page volume of my poetry and features a cover with art from Moshe Sherman and designed by Brian Fatah Steele. Brian (my fabulous boyfriend) also helped me with editing and formatting issues, and I am ever indebted to him for his support and encouragement. The book will be available in both print and e-versions. STAY TUNED! EXCELSIOR!